Subversive Cinema: Jim Henson's Time Piece
Maybe it's not that surprising that Jim Henson (of Muppet fame) was an accomplished experimental animator and film maker.
In addition to forever changing the worlds of puppetry and children's television, he frequently made experimental shorts on the side. These included an experimental television piece titled The Cube.
However, his masterpiece in the experimental arena is undoubtedly 1965's Time Piece. The 9 minute film debuted at the Museum of Modern Art and had a short arthouse/festival run. In 1967 the film was nominated for an Academy Award in "Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects". Recently the film has been preserved by the Academy Film Archive.
"Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film"
I think this brilliant film proves once and for all that Jim Henson truly was a visionary.
Labels: Subversive Cinema